Summertime is the most wonderful time of year for music, food and events, and July has been no exception! This month kept our bellies full with some incredible new eats and our schedules packed with some of the best musical acts and performances around. If you missed out on all the fun, have no fear! StyleBlueprint has got you covered with 12 of Birmingham’s biggest highlights and announcements from July.
Tot Spot Food Truck Debuts
Everyone’s favorite vegetable is now getting served up across the city as Tot Spot adds to Birmingham’s incredible food truck scene. But these are no ordinary spuds. Tot Spot is frying up potatoes like never before with menu items such as PB&J Tots, Tot-Fried Shrimp, Carnitas Tots and Black-and-White BBQ Tots. Come check out these incredible creations on Tot Tuesday at Ross Bridge — and check the new Birmingham Food Trucks app for Tot Spot’s weekly whereabouts.
City Enjoys Thunder on the Mountain Fireworks at Vulcan Park
Vulcan sure knows how to celebrate Independence Day! Thunder on the Mountain is considered one of Alabama’s greatest Fourth of July traditions and this year was nothing short of spectacular. This choreographed fireworks show made us not only proud to be Americans, but Alabamians, as well, thanks to the incredible views of the fireworks alongside our favorite “iron man,” Vulcan, the largest cast iron statue in the world! For more events at Vulcan Park, visit visitvulcan.com.
Second Annual Sloss Fest 2016 Knocks It Out of the Park
Sloss Music and Arts Festival is quickly becoming one of the South’s biggest music festivals and this year was even better than last year. The family friendly weekend-long festival at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark was packed with some of the best musical artists and local arts and food vendors. Only at Sloss Fest can you watch performances from Ryan Adams, Fitz & The Tantrums, Ray LaMontagne and more while sipping on some of Birmingham’s finest local brews. This weekend was one for the books, so make sure to get your tickets for Sloss Fest next year!
Guthrie’s Chicken Opens Homewood Location
One of Alabama’s favorite chicken chains is making Homewood its 17th location in the state. Guthrie’s Chicken has been serving up golden fried chicken fingers and Southern-style sweet tea for more than 50 years and, as always, we are so excited to see an Alabama-born business grow. Stop by their new location at 341 Palisades Blvd. soon! For more information, visit guthrieschicken.com.
Shu Shop Hosts a Pop-Up Dinner
Shu Shop, a new Japanese restaurant coming to Birmingham in the fall, partnered with Bare Hands Gallery for a pop-up at Redemptive Cycles on July 13. This ramen eatery, called an “izakaya” or an informal Japanese gastropub, joined in the pop-up dinner and fundraiser in support of Bare Hands Gallery’s annual Dia de los Muertos festival. Much to the delight of the attendees’ palates, Shu Shop previewed some of the exciting new flavors they will be bringing to Downtown Birmingham! Learn more at shushopbham.com.
Winslet & Rhys Mercantile Opens in Avondale
A brand-new mercantile shop is giving Birmingham a fresh perspective on style. Owners Brittany Baker and Mallory Collier seek to continue the innovation and progress happening in our city by bringing creative and easily accessible apparel, accessories, home goods and clever market items to the Avondale neighborhood. Come check out this heavenly world of pottery, stationery, jewelry, art and much more, soon! More information can be found at winsletandrhys.com.
Lane Parke Makes Way for Tenants
The Lane Parke retail development in Mountain Brook is putting on the finishing touches as exciting new businesses — as well as old favorites — move into the sparkling new spaces. This luxury mixed-use lifestyle center announced that it will be featuring new dining options in the area with Yeah! Burger, CharBar No. 7 and The Local Taco. Two Birmingham-based businesses, Western Supermarket and Revelator Coffee will also be joining in Lane Parke’s food scene, along with retail shops such as A’Mano, B. Prince, Kinnucan’s and M&S Handmade Furniture. Find out more about all that’s coming to Lane Parke at laneparke.info.
The Waites Mixed-Use Development Coming to Southside
The Waites, a new mixed-use development coming to Southside on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and 21st Street South near UAB, will feature more than 16,000 square feet of ground floor retail space with 45 apartments on three upper floors. The current retail tenants include Farm Burger, Blaze Pizza, Roll Up sushi, Taco Mama and Smoothie King. “We’d been hearing from medical students and doctors that they needed to be able to get to the hospital more quickly, and this new development is really going to meet that need. These hospital workers will be able to leave their shift at 2 a.m. and get to bed by 2:05 a.m.,” says Rodney Barstein, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President of Retail Specialists. “Plus, with the restaurants and the new Publix four blocks away, it will really change the trends and the landscape when people can live, shop and work downtown.”
Alabama Ballet Announces 2016-2017 Season
Get ready for another unforgettable season with the Alabama Ballet! The dance company announced their performances for the upcoming year, full of classic story ballets, as well as contemporary modern pieces. The season opens with Alabama Ballet At Home, where the dancers perform in the Alabama Ballet studio. And that is only the beginning. The season also includes an original world-premiere of Bonnie & Clyde, along with classics like The Nutcracker and Giselle, and concludes with a performance of Ovation featuring Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. For tickets, visit alabamaballet.org.
Holler & Dash Opens Second Location
Holler & Dash Biscuit House can now call Tuscaloosa home, as the brand’s second location opened on July 12 on the historic “strip.” The Birmingham-born eatery launched its fast-casual brand in the heart of Homewood, and now Alabama students and fans alike can enjoy a tasty breakfast or brunch option to fuel up for game day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Grab a meal on the patio with a view of the stadium and enjoy your favorite biscuit sandwich as you get ready to cheer on the beloved Crimson Tide. For more information, visit holleranddash.com.
New Children’s Clothing Shop b. kids to Open in Mountain Brook Village
New children’s clothing shop, b. kids, is new to the Mountain Brook scene. Expect fun, funky and fearless styles for your fashionable kiddo, in infant sizes to tween threads! “We strive to make your kids feel their best while looking their best,” says shop owner Shelley Matthews. Once b. kids opens on August 1, stop by to check out the goods and, as the b. kids motto says, “b. cool. b. different. b. you.,” because fitting in is snoozeville!
Heidi Elnora Atelier & The Changing Room Open on Morris Avenue
On July 14, Heidi Elnora Atelier opened the doors of Birmingham’s newest bridal boutique. The large, airy two-story space features exposed brick, large windows, walls lined with gorgeous dresses and beautiful displays of shoes, jewels, veils and materials. The Morris Avenue spot also has a small event space called The Changing Room, where the clean, white palette of the sun-filled room is the perfect backdrop for intimate classes, showers, parties, dinners, luncheons, meetings, shows and more! To learn more about Heidi Elnora Atelier’s bridal boutique, visit heidielnora.com, and to learn more about The Changing Room, visit changingbirmingham.com.
Eugene’s Hot Chicken and Your Pie to Open in Uptown District
Birmingham-born food truck Eugene’s Hot Chicken is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in the Uptown District. As owner Zebbie Carney brings his unforgettable and addicting hot chicken to the downtown area, Bottle & Bone is moving out — making way for a second tenant, Your Pie, an Athens, Georgia-based pizza eatery. This will be Your Pie’s second pizza joint in Birmingham, after its first opening last year in Homewood.
Six New Stores Join The Summit
If you love spending a Saturday shopping at The Summit as much as we do, then this is some awesome news. With the unfortunate close of one of the shopping center’s original tenants since 1997, Old Navy, comes six new stores to perpetuate the necessary retail therapy we crave at the end of a long week. Arhaus, a home furnishing store, will open in 2017. In addition, Lizard Thicket, an incredibly stylish, Atlanta, Georgia-based clothing boutique, and Alex and Ani, the eco-conscious jewelry and accessory store, will both open their first Alabama locations at The Summit. And finally, American Threads, a women’s fashion boutique, Taco Mama and Nothing Bundt Cakes will round out the newest additions to Highway 280’s most popular lifestyle center. We are getting very excited about this!!
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